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  • Summary: Become the "Champion Road Racer" by conquering numerous racing events, all carrying rewards such as: cars, tracks and high performance upgrades. The game challenges the driver to dodge traffic, police and natural elements in high speed and high style... true NFS style! Evade any copsBecome the "Champion Road Racer" by conquering numerous racing events, all carrying rewards such as: cars, tracks and high performance upgrades. The game challenges the driver to dodge traffic, police and natural elements in high speed and high style... true NFS style! Evade any cops encountered, as getting busted just might end your career. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    Between its ripping sense of speed, edge-of-the-seat gameplay, and impressively original and deep features, [its] glorious PS2 debut just smokes.
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    Has everything I've ever wanted from a sports car racing game: Cool rides, some of the best engine noises ever committed to a gaming sountrack and most importantly, a sense of incredible speed and power. [Nov 2002, p.186]
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    92
    One of the most wicked arcade-racing games I've ever played. [Nov 2002, p.284]
  4. netjak
    90
    To be dead honest with you all, I can’t think of a single major flaw in this game.
  5. It might lack the polish to be genius, but there aren't many more enjoyable or expansive driving games. [GamesMaster]
  6. The graphics are sweet, and the racing is sweeter still. Its pure, unashamed, high-energy fun, and it lasts for ages!
  7. Driving through such locations would be a joy in itself if only you felt some sense of response from the cars. As it is, the sensation of driving goes largely unchanged with terrain.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. SamB.
    Jun 19, 2004
    10
    The Best!
  2. SteveL.
    Oct 11, 2002
    10
    This game rocks its got everything! High speed chases awsome graphics all the sweet cars cool music and dont forget the tracks its got!Its This game rocks its got everything! High speed chases awsome graphics all the sweet cars cool music and dont forget the tracks its got!Its got all you want in a racing game! Expand
  3. AndrewH.
    Mar 3, 2003
    10
    THIS GAME ROCKS! The graphics are kick-ass and the music is great! The physics of the game is also the most advanced I've seen it yet.
  4. DanF.
    Oct 29, 2002
    9
    The most entertaining game I have played since Outrun in the arcades! It's not as realistic as GT3, but it has the same sense of speed The most entertaining game I have played since Outrun in the arcades! It's not as realistic as GT3, but it has the same sense of speed and sheer fun that the old arcade games did. Add some cops, and you have an absolute winner! Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2011
    9
    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is the best Need for Speed game I've ever played. Better than the current ones? I think so. The game is a greatNeed for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is the best Need for Speed game I've ever played. Better than the current ones? I think so. The game is a great racer and definitely a game for people who love exotic cars because there is a great selection of them from Lamborghini Murcielago to the Ferrari 360. The tracks are nicely designed and are fun to race on although they are long in length. The police pursuits are intense and the police will stop at nothing to bust you. Typical police equipment like helicopters and road blocks are at the polices disposal to take you down. The graphics are fantastic and the cars handle nicely. There is a meaty single player campaign which consists of racing in events in a championship to escaping the police in hot pursuit events. You can even be on the cops side and try to apprehend your opponents in some events. Also the soundtrack is pumping and really good when your racing along at high speeds. As I said before, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is the best NFS I've played and a lovely addition to the racing genre. Expand
  6. AdamJ.
    Sep 26, 2002
    8
    Better than Burnout and Burnout 2!!! Its fast, fun, has massive police chases and easy handling. Only problem, a tiny bit of slowdown.
  7. [Anonymous]
    Oct 8, 2003
    4
    Needs to have the cars customizable like porsche unleashed and underground.

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#17 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002